Tribal Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources to help tribes develop their CFSPs and APSRs, including federal guidance and information about documents that must be submitted.

Federal Guidance

This section includes the regulatory reference, the current policy issuance, and additional information to assist states in developing their CFSPs and APSRs.

45 CFR 1357 - This webpage includes the text from the Code of Federal Regulations regarding child welfare issues.

ACYF-CB-PI-15-04 - This Program Instruction (PI) provides instruction to Tribes on the June 30, 2015, submission of: (1) the Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) required under Title IV-B of the Social Security Act (the Act) for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Programs; the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP); and the Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program; and (2) the CFS-101, Part I, Annual Budget Request; Part II, Annual Summary of Child and Family Services; and Part III, Annual Expenditure Report—Title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, CFCIP, and ETV, as applicable.

Programs Covered in a Tribal CFSP/APSR

Submission Requirements

Match Calculator - This tool can calculate the tribal share of title IV-B expenditures.

Match Calculator - This tool can calculate the state share of Chafee Foster Care Independence program (CFCIP) expenditures.

The CFSP or APSR, as appropriate, must be accompanied by form CFS-101 and the required assurances and certifications. Form CFS-101 provides both the format and instructions for documenting the requirements of the annual report required for the 5-year comprehensive CFSP in order for the tribe to receive funding.

The components of the CFSP submission due by June 30, 2015, are listed below:

Information on Fiscal Requirements for a Tribal Grant Award

Additional Information to Support Successful CFSPs

Definitions of Child Welfare Activities Allowed Under Title IV-B Subparts 1 and 2 - This list of definitions was compiled from the Social Security Act and title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Checklist for the June 30th, 2015 Child and Family Services Report (CFSP)/Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) Submission - This checklist was developed as an optional tool for tribes to ensure that the key elements of the CFSP and APSR are addressed in their plans. Items on the checklist have been shortened. See Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-15-04 for a complete description.

CFSP/APSR Reporting Schedule for States and Tribes - This document provides a schedule of the reporting requirements for states' and tribes' CFSPs and APSRs. Please note that 45 CFR 1357.16(b) says, “The State and Indian Tribe must send the APSR and the CFS-101 to the appropriate ACF Regional Office no later than June 30 of the year prior to the fiscal year in which the services will be provided.”

Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative - The Collaborative is a partnership among three centers—the Center for States, Center for Tribes, and Center for Courts. This new structure is designed to help public child welfare agencies, Tribes, and courts enhance and mobilize its assets to build capacity. The Collaborative delivers three types of outcome-driven services, including universal, constituency, and tailored.

Tribal List Serve - The Children’s Bureau maintains a listserv for tribal representatives who work with the funding or program development aspects of the CFSP for a specific tribe. To apply to be a member of the list serve, please provide the name of the tribe you represent, your name, and email address.


Last Reviewed: June 15, 2015